MIND YOUR (INTER)CULTURE
A book club hosted by Constance Singam
Welcome to Mind Your (Inter)Culture, our new book club that aims to open up intercultural exchanges through books. This March we delve into the English translation of "The Goddess in the Living Room" by award-winning writer Latha.
This March, we will discuss Latha's "The Goddess in the Living Room".
"The Goddess in the Living Room" is a collection of short stories where the voices of Tamil women in Singapore are given a powerful outlet by Latha. Translated from Tamil to English, the book begins with the story of Alyssa, who is left with her grandparents on Pulau Ubin as a child and her experience with devastating loss as an adult. Among other stories: A grandmother whose final wish is to carry the kavadi, a wife who wonders if her role is simply to cook for her family according to their needs and desires and a filial daughter caring for her terminally ill mother.
The book has been translated into English by Palaniappan Arumugum, Sulosana Karthigasu, Kavitha Karumbayeeram, Yamuna Murthi Raju, Ravi Shanker and Kokilavani Silvarathi.
The session is hosted by Constance Singam, and will be in English. Join us for an afternoon of reading and discussion with Latha!
Get your copy of Latha's book at Grassroots Bookroom today!
Mind Your (Inter)Culture
A book club with a difference, this monthly get-together showcases translated works from Singapore and Southeast Asia. The readings and discussions broaden the exposure of the general public to works written in different languages, and promote intercultural understanding among the communities through books.
About the writer
Kanagalatha (Latha) has published two collections of poetry in Tamil: "Theeveli" (Firespace) (2003), and "Paampuk Kaattil Oru Thaazhai" (A Screwpin in Snakeforest) (2004). She has also published a short story collection "Nan kolai Seyium penkkal" (Women I Murder) in 2007, which won the biennial Singapore Literature Prize in 2008. The English translation of her short story collection "The Goddess in the Living Room" was published in 2014. Her poems and short stories have been published in Words, Home and Nation; Rhythms; Fifty on 50 and Tumasik, and various Tamil literary journals in India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and France. Her works have been translated into English, French and German. She is currently the Sunday editor of Tamil Murasu, Singapore's Tamil daily newspaper.
About the host
Constance Singam is an author and civil society activist. She began her career in journalism, before taking a degree in English Literature in her forties, and a Master's degree in her sixties. She has been a columnist in several publications. Her works include "A History of the TWC: Building Social Space in Singapore", and "Re-Presenting Singapore Women" which she co-edited. She released her memoir "Where I Was: A Memoir from the Margins" in 2013. She blogs at: http://connie.sg/